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Medical Ethics

Bioethics in Canada, Second Edition

A Philosophical Introduction

by (author) Carol Collier & Rachel Haliburton

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
Ethics, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Health Care Issues
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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Every day bioethical conflicts arise in Canadian hospitals and courtrooms; they are debated in newspaper columns and argued in private. This updated edition of Bioethics in Canada provides an accessible introduction to the philosophical, historical, and medical concepts shaping these contemporary, and very contentious, debates.Bioethics in Canada opens with an introduction to moral theory and bioethical principles. These theoretical conceptions are then applied to practical ethical conflicts involving abortion, distributive justice, genetics, reproductive technology, and other vital topics. A landmark case opens each chapter, illuminating the many issues involved in these debates, as well as the philosophical assumptions that shape them. This highly usable text features excerpts of significant bioethical writings, as well as recommended websites, suggestions for further reading, and original case studies for students to analyze.With new information on emerging topics such as transplant tourism and multicultural challenges in pluralistic societies; updated research, recommended reading lists, and web resources; and new cases of interest, this second edition will be a valuable resource for many classes in the disciplines of Philosophy, Health Studies, Medicine, and Nursing, providing a strong ethical foundation in a field whose technical frontiers are ever shifting.

About the authors

Carol Collier is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sudbury–Laurentian University.

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Rachel Haliburton is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sudbury–Laurentian University.

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Editorial Reviews

"Bioethics in Canada is an extremely accessible introductory textbook—my students find it a pleasure to read. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of the main philosophical debates in bioethics. This is an excellent text that gives students a thorough understanding of the bioethical terrain in a Canadian context."—Meredith Schwartz, Department of Philosophy, Ryerson University

"Bioethics in Canada does an exceptional job of presenting a balanced perspective on many of the most challenging bioethical challenges facing Canadians today."
Jeremy Snyder, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

"Collier and Haliburton have done a Herculean task in this exploration of the ways modern medicine and bioethics are shaped by philosophical assumptions, values and social determinants. The subject matter of the chapters and the pedagogical format utilized by the authors provide a marvelous resource for bioethicists, medical and health care professionals, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and other readers interested in gaining a clearly and well-written understanding of the theory and practice of bioethics in Canada, and internationally, today."
Gregory Walters, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Paul University

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